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Re: Species maintenance ideas
This whole species maintenance thread is full of good ideas. I'd just like
to comment on two things.
1st, as Lee already mentioned species change over time. In our case our fish
are naturally (or unnaturally) selected for life in an aquarium and not
their native habitat. Over time a line from a given type location may not
even be able to survive in that location. We are not capable of reproducing
the environmental pressures that continuously mold a wild species.
That said, I still believe that it is important to maintain whatever
diversity we can. Not for the purpose of eventually repopulating some forest
stream, but for the sake of having so many beautiful fish to chose from.
2nd, I set up a species maintenance database for my local affiliate. It
proved impossible to get many people to participate and the entire list was,
with only a few exceptions, obsolete in a matter of months. I would suggest
that people use the AKA Online register to show which fish they are
currently working with. A simple sort of the interests line will bring up
everyone who is maintaining a given fish. (I just tried it with
splendopleure and got two returns. One other person and myself) The
mechanism is already in place for us to do at least a half way good job of
showing which species we are maintaining.
I especially like the idea of core species. Picking just one fish to
maintain for an extended period of time will certainly help us to keep more
fish from disappearing,
I'll get off my soapbox now.
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